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It follows the lives of the Ramsey family and those who interact with them at their summer house off the coast of Scotland. Ive never read a book that more fully rides on my ability to feel rather than understand. You must be willing to give up the cerebral control that readers try so hard to maintain while reading and just go with the flow literally, the flow. Woolfs writing was accurately described as being like water or waves by readers who read this book along with me.

One reader even remarked that reading Woolf was like getting a blanket thrown over your head while someone spins you around and around. But, we like it anyway.

Because if you can just give yourself up to her writing you will find that every few sentences you want to declare, Yes! Rightly so, Virginia, you have captured humanness precisely! You will notice that her prose feels a lot like your own thoughts, before you are able to slow them down so that they can be articulated to come out of your mouth as words.

There can be no rushing, because you will miss the parts that make sense - absolutely this is a rule. If I had to summarize this book into how it made me feel because, I really dont know how else to summarize this book , I would say that it is a tremendous achievement in getting a reader to feel the great contrast between the vitality of life and the loneliness of emptiness.

Like some of her most remarkable characters, her prose is not meant to be captured, but rather to be experienced. Customers who bought this item also bought.


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Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. This took me a few chapters to get into, but when I did, I really did. Someone else wrote this tip, and it is absolutely true: Don't just read a few pages before falling asleep.

The music of the writing takes a little while to settle into at first and then it becomes beautiful.


These characters will stick with you. This latest was probably my third reading. And I realized that To the Lighthouse may be my favorite novel of all time. It tops a handful of other novels and memoirs in my top ten. It is so deeply imagined, gorgeously written, and brilliantly structured. I like it personally better than Mrs.


I actually read the party scene that culminates the novel's first section out loud to my wife, which took a solid hour and was incredibly emotional and moving. That long scene is a real jaw-dropper, a masterpiece within a masterpiece. However, some people do bounce right off To the Lighthouse, as they do with any book. I urged it on my brother in law, and he bogged down and was lost immediately in the richly layered first section. If that happens to you, here is my advice: Start with the last section, the trip to the lighthouse, which is very straightforward. Then read the short middle section, Time Passes, which is only slightly less clear.

Then tackle the first section, which portrays the Ramsay family and their friends socializing at the beach house and debating whether to sail to the lighthouse.

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The character of the painter Lilly Briscoe in the first section fascinates me, as does her reappearance in the final act. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Virginia Woolf facile use of the English language is breath-taking.

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She conveys the interior monologue of her characters, with its tangents and non-sequiturs, lucidly and it easy for the reader to follow without becoming disoriented or lost in the words. Looking for beautiful books?

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In Virginia married Leonard Woolf, a writer and social reformer. Between and Virginia Woolf produced what are now regarded as her finest masterpieces, from Mrs Dalloway to The Waves She also maintained an astonishing output of literary criticism, short fiction, journalism and biography.